Women of Wall Brace for Confrontation at Monthly Western Wall Protest

Fear Ultra-Orthodox May Resist Kotel Prayer

Kotel Confrontation: Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall, is arrested at a recent prayer service at the Kotel.
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Kotel Confrontation: Anat Hoffman, leader of Women of the Wall, is arrested at a recent prayer service at the Kotel.

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

Published May 09, 2013.

Anticipating provocations by ultra-Orthodox individuals and groups at their monthly prayer service at the Western Wall on Friday, Women of the Wall have instructed supporters and activists planning to participate in the event not to “engage in conflict – verbal or physical” with any of the protesters.

Ultra-Orthodox protesters have made a practice in recent months of taunting the women as they approach the Western Wall plaza on their way to the women’s section and jeering loudly at them during their prayer service from across the barrier separating the men and women’s sections.

The protests are expected to grow even louder tomorrow, following the recent landmark ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that it is not a violation of “local custom” for women to wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall.

As opposed to instructions delivered in previous months, participants in Friday morning’s service have been told to arrive at the Western Wall already wearing their prayers shawls.

Until now, police had acted on the assumption that it was a violation of “local custom” for women to wear prayer shawls at the wall, routinely detaining those who engaged in this practice. In a posting on their Facebook page, Women of the Wall said they did not foresee “problems with police” this month.

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